New Information Security Training Required for All Employees


Monday, August 15, 2022

A Message from Carla McKnight, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources, and Brandon McKelvey, Vice President, Technology, Research and Analytics 

Valencia College is launching a new information security training that all employees are required to complete by the end of the fall semester. The training is tailored to the Valencia community, focusing on the topics that will enable us all to do our part in safeguarding our institutional data and information resources.

This training, titled “Information Security at Valencia College,” is currently available in the Valencia EDGE and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. In an effort to ensure we are in compliance, please complete this training as soon as possible. 

Click the button below to start the training:

Why is this important?

Valencia College institutes physical and virtual safeguards designed to protect the highly sensitive data of our students and employees. Whether you access sensitive data daily through Valencia’s networks or use your phone to surf the web, any online activity can provide a vulnerability for criminals to exploit — and access sensitive information. Exposure of that data has a far-reaching impact, with consequences that can negatively impact our ability to serve our students, the College’s reputation and our students’ trust.

At Valencia, we’ve recently experienced malicious attempts to gain access to our institutional data and information resources. Attempts to gain access to our employee accounts through attacks like phishing or other social engineering tactics are prevalent. Unfortunately, ransomware attacks continue to rise and education institutions are being targeted, accounting for more than 30% of breaches by some industry reports. In addition to these threats from external actors, accidental disclosure of sensitive or protected data is a real risk as employees are entrusted with some level of regulated data that we must protect against exposure to unauthorized parties.

The “Information Security at Valencia College” training presents you with the best strategies to protect yourself online and block incoming threats. Additionally, the course introduces partners and resources available to support you to act fast and minimize damage should a security breach occur. The tips and guidance provided within this course will not only benefit you with your day-to-day duties at the College, much is also applicable to protecting personal data, accounts and devices from the common information security threats we all face in our personal lives.

Moving forward, you will be required to complete this training annually.

For questions, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-582-HR4U (4748).

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